Mark Stewart | Friends of Cancer Research

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Mark Stewart

Senior Science Policy Analyst

Mark Stewart serves as a Senior Science Policy Analyst at Friends of Cancer Research (Friends). Friends is an advocacy organization based in Washington, DC that drives collaboration among partners from every healthcare sector to power advances in science, policy, and regulation that speed life-saving treatments to patients. During the past 20 years, Friends has been instrumental in the creation and implementation of policies ensuring patients receive the best treatments in the fastest and safest way possible.


Prior to joining Friends, Mark worked at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. At the Academies, he assisted with a congressionally mandated study that resulted in the report titled Ovarian Cancers: Evolving Paradigms in Research and Care. This report identified gaps in ovarian cancer knowledge and care, and provided recommendations to overcome these gaps. Mark also assisted with the National Cancer Policy Forum.


Mark has had the fortunate opportunity to serve on several committees, including the Associate Member Council of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) and the North Central Alabama Race for the Cure Committee. During his tenure on the Associate Member Council, Mark served as the 2015-2016 Chair and helped direct efforts to ensure the unique needs of early-career investigators were known and addressed through resources and programming at AACR. Mark continues to advocate for sustained biomedical research funding to maintain a predictable funding environment to allow for continued innovation and novel discoveries in cancer research.


Mark Stewart received his PhD in cancer biology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and was a recipient of NCI’s Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Predoctoral Award.